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The Cybercrime Awareness Clinic, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is a partner in ORPHEUS (Offline and online Radicalization Prevention Holding back Extremism and Upholding Security), a three-and-a-half year project with eight partners from the UK, Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

The threat of radicalisation towards all types of political violence, such as jihadi, extreme right, hate crime, is a significant and rising societal concern.

ORPHEUS will develop new integrated and aligned services for online and offline prevention of political violence by extending the prevention service together with private and social institutions, and with young people and their educators as central actors.

ORPHEUS will provide

  • offline safe spaces for vulnerable young people to express their grievances
  • online safety for young people to protect them from online grooming
  • guidance and policy recommendations for adoption of an integrated prevention method in the 2Seas area

The project is part-funded by the Interreg 2 Seas programme. Read more about ORPHEUS on the Interreg 2 Seas website.


The project involves eight partners from the United Kingdom, Belgium, France and the Netherlands:

  • City of Mechelen (Lead Partner)
  • Portsmouth City Council
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Arteveldehogeschool Gent
  • Greta Grand Littoral
  • Centre of Expertise and Advice for Prevention and Intervention of Radicalism and Extremism (CEAPIRE)
  • University College Roosevelt
  • Countourdetwern


If you would like to find out more about the ORPHEUS Project, please email cyber-awareness@port.ac.uk or vasileios.karagiannopoulos@port.ac.uk.


  • Start Date: 1 February 2019
  • Duration: 3.5 years
  • Partners: 8 (UK, Belgium, Netherlands, France)
  • Budget: €4.3 million
  • Grant funded: 60%